Stress-less

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Stress less – the opposite of stress, having no worry, anxiety, trouble, or difficulty; this deer has no fear of man, and therefore has achieved a state of being stressless.

How to reduce stress:

1. Meditate, think happy thoughts.
2. Breathe Deeply. Take a 5-minute break outside and breathe the fresh air.
3. Be Present, life is made of moments, don’t miss it.
4. Reach Out, connect with the mysteries of the universe.
5. Buy a Stressless recliner, it really is the world’s ultimate chair.

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Yes, I am looking at you.
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After the rain

Thy fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall.
Henry Wordsworth Longfellow

For life, it is very, very bad to be sensitive, for a writer it is very good.
Karl Ove Knausgård

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Møre og Romsdal

Where in the world is Møre og Romsdal?

The answer, perhaps, I say, is not where but what. It is not so much a place, but a state of mind, a place of peace and tranquility, watered by rain, nourished by sun, far, far away from the troubles of urban life.

South of Trondheim, north of Bergen, in the northern part of Western Norway lies the county of Møre og Romsdal. The Old Norse form of the name was Raumsdalr, after the Rauma River and valley it forms (Raums plus dalr or dair, dale meaning valley). Møre og Romsdal consists of three regions: Nordmøre, Romsdal and Sunnmøre.

Geographically, the county consists of many islands, towering mountains, waterfalls, and deep fjords of clear blue water, including the stunning Sykkylvsfjorden (where Stressless recliners are made), a branch off the equally beautiful 68-mile-long Storfjorden in Sunnmøre.

The name Møre is from Old Norse: Mœrr, from the word marr, meaning “sea” (akin to the Latin word mare). Several distinct dialects are spoken, no doubt due to the existence of so many islands and deep fjords.

As its coat of arms, the county chose the symbol of three Viking ships in yellow on a pale blue background (the masts and the yards create three crosses), a reference to the Viking fore-bearers of today’s Norwegians, who during the late 8th to late 11th centuries sailed their long boats across the European continent, raiding and pillaging.

Because of its location on the Norwegian Sea, the weather is often cloudy and raining. That is very, very bad for nature lovers, but very good for writers like Karl Ove Knausgård.

Check out, Some Rain Must Fall, Book 5 in his series My Struggle.

But the rain does not fall forever; and after the rain, the skies are clear and the air is fresh, the birds sing, the fish swim, and the Norwegians go outdoors and enjoy life, and so do I.

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Not a thousand words

“Ikke tusend ord sig prenter, som én gernings spor.” Brand, Act 2, Henrik Ibsen

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Is it not a strange thought that from a chair a thousand novels have been writ, dreams dreamt, and history made. And yet, as Henrik Ibsen wrote, “Not a thousand words will make the mark a single deed will leave.”

The words are from Ibsen’s play, Brand. The name of the play translates in Norwegian as “fire”, but it is the surname of the central character.

The source of the quote

An idealistic but dogmatic priest struggles with his conscience and his vision of God. In Act 2, Brand returns to the place where he was born to find famine has reduced the village to rations. Brand and the village mayor discuss whether it is better to feed the soul or the body.

A woman arrives from a remote place across the fjord with the sad tale that her husband has killed one of their children as he could not bear to see the child starve. The husband then injured himself in an attempt at suicide. As a consequence, he now needs absolution. Despite the bad weather, Brand enters a boat and crosses the fjord with the wife. Brand finds the man and gives him absolution. He then wishes to return home, but a group of men confront him and there is another conversation about the body and soul. The men then explain that they have no village priest.

Eventually, one man in the group says this:

The Man.

A thousand speeches, Brand
Less deeply than one dint of deed.
Here, in our fellows’ name we stand;
We see, a man is what we need.

Brand, 1894, English translation by C.H. Herford.

Ibsen wrote this in Norwegian, “Ikke tusend ord sig prenter, som én gernings spor,” which translates best as “Not a thousand words will make the mark a single deed will leave.”

More often, the translation is made as this: “A thousand words will not make the mark a single deed will make.” The translations are similar, but I think the first truer to the mark Ibsen intends.

 

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Bob Dylan

The 2016 Nobel prize for literature is awarded to Bob Dylan

 
Where has he been keeping himself?
Will he accept? Will he show up?
What will he say?
Tomorrow is, after all, just another day.

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If he does, will he wear a tux,
Whispering under his breath, aw shucks.
Or, will he just sit in the hall,
Watching it all.

Don’t think twice,
Ain’t no use wondering,
Whatever Bob does,
It’s more than alright.
It’s quite nice.

Where will you be Father’s Day?

Happy Father’s Day

To quote Mark Twain, I would say, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” And baseball great Harmon Killebrew had it right when he said, “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’”

 

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Where will you be Father’s Day?

Me, … remembering Dad – playing ball on weekends, picturing his outdated Fedora hat and Panama shirt, the smell of his after-shave, and how happy he was at the end of each day sitting in his favorite chair reading the sports.

Abe Lincoln built it

Whether true or not, it makes for a good story, but Honest Abe never said it was true.

 

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Covered bridge at the Embarras River

 

Here is the background.

In 1805, Lewis and Clark had not yet returned from their historic march across the United States, when Congress enacted a law authorizing the construction of a National Road from Cumberland, in the state of Maryland, to the state of Ohio. President Thomas Jefferson signed the legislation and construction began in 1811. The road reached the Ohio River in 1818.

In 1828, Joseph Shriver surveyed the crossing of the Embarras (the “s” is silent) River in Cumberland County, Illinois. Local history claims that in 1832, a twenty-three-year-old Abe Lincoln, while visiting his area with his father Thomas and his cousin Dennis Hanks, helped build the bridge.

By 1839, the road reached its western terminus at Vandalia, Illinois.

For years, huge Conestoga wagons lumbered down the road carrying settlers and their supplies heading west until the quicker railroads made transportation quicker and cheaper.

 

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Jackson Truss Bridge, Cumberland Road

The development of the automobile in the twentieth century saw the return of popular use along the route, which became U.S. Highway 40. The construction of the Interstate system again shifted traffic patterns and the road became a scenic route to be enjoyed.

The other local story.

In 1847, Abe Lincoln was back at Greenup in Cumberland County defending Abraham  Sigler H. Lester on a manslaughter case. Abe lost and Lester was found guilty. Afterwards, Abe drew up a petition  to the Governor to have Lester pardoned which was promptly granted.

Local history says Lincoln came back to the bridge and went for a swim in the Embarras River waiting for the governor’s reply.

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Abraham Lincoln

 

Swimming is one way to relax. Sitting in a Stressless recliner is another way.

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Stressless on the Cumberland National Road at the Embarrass River

 

Make someone happy

It is so important to make someone happy. Why, just thinking about it makes me happy.

It also recalls to mind the raspy voice of Jimmy Durante, the Great Snozzole, who cajoled us all to “make someone happy.”

Listen to the happy Snozzole on Youtube. Clicking on this link will open a blank page and you will have to put up with an ad for a few seconds (this doesn’t make me happy, but what are we going to do about it?), then you can be happy too.

You could be happy too, if you were sitting in a Stressless recliner with its patented glide system that gives you total control with a scrunch of the knees or a stretch of the back.

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And if you liked Jimmy singing Make Someone Happy, try one more song – The Glory of Love.

 

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stressless around the world

By the way, sunsets make me happy too.